Category - Design

Contemporary artists with stained glass inspiration

Medieval artists (some would call them craftsmen, but they are creative beings in my book) used the three elements of line, color, and luminosity to produce incredible stained glass windows, some of which are still around to this very day. What’s interesting about this art form is, it was an experimental and ever changing medium. Artists would...

When couture becomes abstract art

Over the centuries, clothing had been an incredible media through which humanity has expressed itself, its desires, and its opinions. Phrases like ‘statement piece’ literally suggest how we use our garments to interact with one another and get closer to our inner selves. Contemporary designers such as Iris Van Herpen, Noa Raviv, even Marc...

Exploring contemporary portraiture

If you take a walk through any European painting section at a museum, you will encounter hundreds of portraits. Some are small enough to hold in your hand, while others are bigger than an entire New York City apartment. Okay, admittedly, that’s not too big, but the amount of paint and skill required to make each painting is substantial. Now, if...

Exploring flaws with Obie Platon

My art works in multiple ways. Firstly, it is a continuous research looking at the individual and society as a whole, how the two influence each other, what man creates and the result which sometimes turns against what he initially hoped to achieve. Thus, the flaws of man-made systems interest me, as well as the roles people play to avoid boredom...

Spring interpreted by three centuries of artists

As an artist; the question arises – how can I talk about a subject, any subject, that has been discussed over and over again since the beginning of time, and make it beautiful and unique? Spring in particular strikes a chord within humanity as a whole because it is so meaningful. Ideas of life, beauty, and nature remade and reborn all come to...

The multi-faceted paintings of Jacob van Loon

Chicago-based artist, Jacob van Loon, creates mixed-media paintings that combine highly technical drawing with layers upon layers of watercolor paint. Geometric lines and forms turn into wells for vivid colors, some of which get obscured under new layers of paint. Of his inspiration, Van Loon explains, “Observing how closely people curate their...

Creating alternative spaces with Ilaria Ortensi

I’m Ilaria Ortensi, an Italian artist based in New York, who explores the relationship between photography and sculpture while exploring ideas related to contemporary architecture. Residential urban sites, abandoned places and virtual spaces were among the sources of inspiration of some of my most recent works. My process combines an...

Nádia Maria’s photographs chronicle her own dark journey

Brazilian artist, Nádia Maria, creates haunting, dream-like images that channel her own life experiences. Born in 1984, Maria fell in love with photography as a young child, using her dolls as models. Growing up, Maria used photography as a personal journal to record her feelings and transformations. Most recently, she used the medium to document...

Outlandish masks inspired by mysticism by Léonard Condemine

French artist Léonard Condemine creates masks that he photographs on models in outdoor settings. While his works strongly refer to tribal cultures and their aesthetics, the photos go far beyond merely documenting any real ritual from history. Rather, Condemine invents a whole new myth with every piece. Each composition is a well-orchestrated...